8track: Marionettes

Picture the scene: you've just stepped out of the Hercules Moments DeLorean and you find yourself in the 90s. MC Hammer pants and Walkmen are all the rage. Deciding to ignore the fashion of the day, you pick up a Walkman and head home to 2012...

Over the past few months, we've been getting in touch with bands, celebrities and more to ask them to create eight-song-long mixtapes for YOU. So crack out your Walkman and enjoy...

Having gigged around Aberdeen, and indeed the country, for a few years now, Marionettes are only just gaining the real recognition they deserve. With a delightfully upbeat indie-pop sound, their music is infectious and comes with a real party vibe. We asked Daryl Rankin to make us an awesome mixtape, which he did with no strings attached. Now we’ve got the awful puppet pun out of the way, let’s get onto the music…

Fanzine - Roman Holiday
I first heard this tune a couple of months back when a friend played it, and instantly became hooked. I thought it was by some massive artist who I hadn’t discovered before and was stunned when I was told that they are in fact an unsigned UK act who released the tune last year. Expect big things from Fanzine; this is probably the best song I’ve heard this year.

The Little Kicks - Call of Youth
Call of Youth was a free download released as a precursor to The Little Kicks’ second album, and for me is the stand out track on the CD. It was the first sign of a new sound for the band and this song alone was enough to sell me on the purchase of the record. Awesome tune.

Paws - Jellyfish
Having released their debut album last week, Glasgow’s finest noise pop trio deserve all the plaudits coming their way. There’s a lot to be said for hard work and touring in the digital age of music that we live in; it would seem that Paws have embraced that ideology and have been across Europe promoting their work. Jellyfish’s simple riffing and impeccable vocal melodies are examples of what sets Paws apart from the rest in their genre; their album is insane and available now.

Band of Horses - Dilly
Just such a great laid back summer tune. I could listen to the harmonies these guys sing all day and the vocals are the aspect of this band that I admire the most. The instrumentation isn’t overtly complicated, but the songwriting is excellent. This track can be found on the album, Infinite Arms.

Weezer - The Good Life
Everyone forgets that Weezer used to be good. I had the pleasure (yes, pleasure) of seeing them play live last year at T in the Park. They played all of their hits from previous albums, only marred by a few musical abominations that they have released in more recent years. Listen to this song, but more importantly listen to the album Pinkerton on which it can be found, as it is one of the greatest rock albums ever written. What the hell happened...?

Pronto Mama - One Trick Pony
We had the pleasure of playing a couple of shows with these guys a few weeks back. They are one of the most entertaining/versatile live acts I’ve ever had the privilege of being on the bill with. Keyboards, guitars, a brass section, 4 part harmonies and the largest hair you’re ever likely to see on a Scottish drummer makes for a high impact live show. They have some equally mesmerising acoustic tracks available online. This track is available on the band’s current EP, Lickety Split, and for me One Trick Pony encompasses every aspect I enjoy most about this band in one track. Definitely give it a listen.

Dinosaur Jr - Forget the Swan
As one of my main influences as a guitarist, it’d be unfair to leave Dinosaur Jr. out of this list. This is one of my favourite tracks by them, but they have written so many great songs. I love how massive they sound, even on some of the most lo-fi style recordings you’re likely to hear. The vocals are brilliantly terrible, another one of their unique qualities that I really admire.

Min Diesel - Love Disease
From the EP, Minage a Twa, Min Diesel’s Love Disease is my favourite song by an artist local to the Aberdeen area put out this year. It’s intricate yet sloppy, with a heavy focus on dynamics. Zippy’s creative guitar playing fills me with envy and I feel that it is this creativity that largely contributes to Min Diesel’s uniqueness. I really enjoyed their first EP, but I feel that they have upped their game to a whole new level with this record. As a live band they have came on leaps and bounds since I first saw them and long may this progression continue. I would love to hear an album by these guys. 

Check the band's debut EP on bandcamp or have a nosey at what they've been up to on their Facebook.

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